New Car Seat Guidelines: Your Reactions
Yesterday’s news about new recommendations for car seat safety and positioning sparked quite a vehement debate among our readers and Facebook followers. The new recommendations, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, call for children to remain in rear-facing car seats until age two and in booster seats until they are 4’9’’, which would be around age 12.
Many of you voiced your opposition to the new guidelines, which are recommendations and not laws or regulations.
Others were more specific in their complaints, wondering whether your kids would even fit in rear-facing seats that long, or in boosters until they are in their tweens.
“There is no way my son is going to be rear facing until he is 2! My son now is 9.5months [and is] 32 inches and 23.5 lbs! He is already way too big for his current rear facing carseat. His legs are bunched. I am planning on getting a front facing within the next few weeks,” writes rydersmommy in a comment on GoodyBlog.
Others worried about what they found to be the higher cost of car seats for bigger kids.
“Most parents CANNOT afford rear facing car seats with the higher weight limits in them,” Jessica wrote on GoodyBlog. “Most kids are over the weight limit / height limit before the age of two on the cheaper car seats. Are everyone that can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a new car seat going to get one for free?”
Many others wrote defending the new rules, and emphasizing that safety must come before comfort.
“How can you put a price or a ‘convenience’ on your child’s life?! They aren’t just pulling this out of the air. There has been testing, testing, testing and more testing and the statistics PROVE that rear facing is so much safer than forward facing!” Danielle Hellus posted on our Facebook wall.
Some reminded the naysayers that in the name of safety we make our children do things that might be uncomfortable everyday.
“Do you make your little child wear a helmet when he rides his bike? I bet he says that’s uncomfortable, but you MAKE HIM because it’s his brain and LIFE we are talking about. Same with rear-facing,” Catherine Garrity posted on Facebook.
Others were more graphic.
“If you were involved in a wreck that was so violent it broke the legs of your rear facing child, that same accident would likely kill or SEVERELY injure a forward facing child. Broken leg–cast it, broken neck—casket,” Jayna Harness Balcer posted on Facebook.
What do you think? Continue the debate below.